WSL VS Chocolatey

Compare WSL vs Chocolatey and see what are their differences.

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WSL Chocolatey
25 393
1,839 9,832
1.4% 1.0%
8.9 8.4
4 days ago 4 days ago
PowerShell C#
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
The number of mentions indicates the total number of mentions that we've tracked plus the number of user suggested alternatives.
Stars - the number of stars that a project has on GitHub. Growth - month over month growth in stars.
Activity is a relative number indicating how actively a project is being developed. Recent commits have higher weight than older ones.
For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.


Posts with mentions or reviews of WSL. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-13.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Chocolatey. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-09.
  • Giving Kyma a little spin ... a SpinKube
    6 projects | | 9 Apr 2024
    Authenticating with Kyma is a (in my opinion) unnecessary challenge as it leverages the OIDC-login plugin for kubectl. You find a description of the setup here. This works fine when on a Mac but can give you some headaches on a Windows and on Linux machine especially when combined with restrictive setups in corporate environments. For Windows I can only recommend installing krew via chocolatey and then install the OIDC plugin via kubectl krew install oidc-login. At least for me that was the only way to get this working on Windows.
  • Effective Neovim Setup. A Beginner’s Guide
    5 projects | | 9 Mar 2024
    On a Windows machine, you can use Chocolatey by running the command.
  • Need Help with getting Haskell onto my Windows Laptop
    2 projects | /r/haskell | 4 Dec 2023
    I've used WSL2 and GHC/Nix--worked without any issues. However, there is Chocolatey:
  • Python Versions and Release Cycles
    4 projects | | 29 Nov 2023
    For OSX there is homebrew or pyenv (pyenv is another solution on Linux). As pyenv compiles from source it will require setting up XCode (the Apple IDE) tools to support this which can be pretty bulky. Windows users have chocolatey but the issue there is it works off the binaries. That means it won't have the latest security release available since those are source only. Conda is also another solution which can be picked up by Visual Studio Code as available versions of Python making development easier. In the end it might be best to consider using WSL on Windows for installing a Linux version and using that instead.
  • Helm Charts: An Organised Way to Install Apps on a Kubernetes Cluster
    4 projects | | 27 Nov 2023
    Type the following commands on the Windows terminal to install helm. You can use either Scoop a command-line installer for Windows or Chocolatey which is a Package Manager for Windows to install helm.
  • Criando ambiente de desenvolvimento Java no Windows - sem wsl
    2 projects | | 14 Nov 2023
  • OpenAI Whisper: Transcribe in the Terminal for free
    5 projects | | 10 Oct 2023
    While you can install it in many ways, the easiest is using a package manager like Homebrew for macOS or chocolatey for Windows.
  • K8S Quickstart & Helm
    4 projects | | 21 Aug 2023
    Package management is not a new concept in the software industry. On Linux distros, you manage software installation and removal with package managers such as YUM/RPM or APT. On Windows, you can use Chocolatey or Homebrew on Mac.
  • Why would anyone need AD/AAD when you can manage devices through Saltstack?
    4 projects | /r/sysadmin | 5 Aug 2023
  • Quick Start: VS Code Setup for Kintone Customization Development
    4 projects | | 30 Jun 2023
    For Windows, use Chocolatey → choco install mkcert

What are some alternatives?

When comparing WSL and Chocolatey you can also consider the following projects:

winget-cli - WinGet is the Windows Package Manager. This project includes a CLI (Command Line Interface), PowerShell modules, and a COM (Component Object Model) API (Application Programming Interface).

Scoop - A command-line installer for Windows.

Squirrel - An installation and update framework for Windows desktop apps

Wix Toolset

HomeBrew - 🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux)

video2x - A lossless video/GIF/image upscaler achieved with waifu2x, Anime4K, SRMD and RealSR. Started in Hack the Valley II, 2018.

PSAppDeployToolkit - Project Homepage & Forums

notepad-plus-plus - Notepad++ official repository

awesome-piracy - A curated list of awesome warez and piracy links

nvs - Node Version Switcher - A cross-platform tool for switching between versions and forks of Node.js

git - A fork of Git containing Windows-specific patches.

PowerToys - Windows system utilities to maximize productivity